Vancouver, Washington Community & Real Estate Information
Far from living in the shadows of neighboring Portland, Vancouver — nestled on the Columbia River's northern bank — offsets the big city's cultural diversity with its historic charm. Located between the scenic Pacific Northwest beaches and snowcapped mountains, this portside Clark County jewel remains rich in the natural resources that first drew settlers here centuries ago. The arrival of the United States military instilled Vancouver with a strong maritime economy that has since broadened to include industries from biomedical technology to forestry to tourism.
Though progress has come, the town's 162,000 residents haven't forgotten the town's colorful past. Rather than committing its relics behind plastic cases, the community thrives alongside them. The Victorian-style homes that once housed Generals Ulysses S. Grant and George C. Marshall welcome visitors with doors wide open. Equally inviting are the numerous local parks that offer a variety of recreational options.
The aquatically inclined delight in the many opportunities for swimming and windsurfing, while more grounded types will find ample trails for hiking and climbing. Great rivers such as the Columbia and Willamette offer terrific and ample opportunities for fishing.
Aside from serving as an outdoor enthusiast's paradise, Vancouver is also the home to some of the state's best schools and colleges. Students in some parts of Vancouver are under the jurisdiction of the Evergreen School District, a 30-school educational system that garnered a grant of more than $9 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Vancouver School District serves students in other parts of the city. To accommodate residents (both current and future), Vancouver boasts a diverse real estate market. Single-family homes, townhouses and condominiums offering scenic views and a variety of amenities can be found to fit nearly any budget.
Vancouver, WA City Guide